Pumpkin Peanut Butter Protein bars

I got this recipe in my email via Kristin @  Busy But Healthy Blog.  
I am always looking for a great protein bar and I love pumpkin.  These hit the spot. Chewy in texture, not too dry.  Loved them.

Makes 16 bars
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
5 packets of Truvia
1/4 cup agave syrup or honey* (can’t omit this as it affects texture)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (make sure its not the pie filling!!!)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup old fashioned oats
3 scoops low carb, low sugar vanilla protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

* Notes: 
 - For a chewier bar use 1/2 cup agave or honey and omit stevia, but this will increase the sugar content
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium sized pot add peanut butter, stevia, agave syrup & pumpkin.  Stir together on low-medium heat until combined.  Remove from heat.  Add oats, spices, protein powder & chopped walnuts.
Spread mixture into an 8×8 greased dish or pan….it will be sticky.  Place in oven for 12-15 minutes until it starts to brown around the outside and sets in the middle (careful not to over-cook or it will be dry)  Let cool and cut into 16 square bars.  Store in sealed container in fridge.
Nutrition (per 2 bars)
Using stevia  Calories: 210  Fat: 12g  Carbs: 17g  Sugars: 9g  Fibre: 3g  Protein: 15g
Using all agave syrup or honey (for a chewier bar)  Calories: 274  Fat: 13g  Carbs: 28g  Sugars: 17g  Fibre: 3g  Protein: 15g

Enjoyed a couple of these after my 5 mile treadmill interval workout.  

0-5 minutes            run               6.0
5-6                           jog                6.2
6-10                         run               6.5
10-11                       jog               6.2
11-14                      run               7.0
14-15                      jog               6.2
15-17                     run               7.5
17-18                      jog              6.2
18-19                    run                8.0
19-20                    jog                6.2
 Repeat the set
 40-45                  run                6.5      
45-50                  cool down    5.0

Sure got the sweat goin...and felt great!  I always run at a 1.0 incline because at 0.0 incline it is almost as if you are running downhill:)


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